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The Crystal Lake Historical Society is in the process of creating a brand new, fabulous website! The new website will be hosted through another service provider. We are concentrating our time and energy on the new site development. We ask for your patience, as the new website should be up and running sometime in August, 2017.
Our website address will remain the same. Check back often, and be prepared for a great new experience in history!
Death Notices and Obituaries
Thanks to the help of our dedicated volunteers, the Society is pleased to share an index for the death notices and obituaries found in the Nunda Herald, Crystal Lake Herald, and Northwest Herald 1875-2017 (current).
Currently, there are over 102,000 entries! Because of its size, this has now been split into two sections (A - L) and (M - Z). The compilation of this index has been a tremendous time commitment by our indexers. Thanks to Mert Sarvay, Linda Stengele, Kent Palmer, Sue Knapp & Arlyn Booth who have donated countless hours to the project.
Click here for the index of surnames (A - L)
Click here for the index of surnames (M - Z)
Newsflash! Several "lost" rolls of newspaper microfilms have been recently discovered. These include the Nunda Herald (7/24/1891 - 6/30/1893) and the Crystal Lake Herald (all of 1959). The newspaper images have been digitized and are available for viewing at the Crystal Lake Historical Society's office at the Colonel Palmer House. The obituaries and death notices for these "lost" years have now been indexed and are included in the above links.
If you are a local researcher, you are welcome to come to the Colonel Palmer House to view digitized versions of newspapers (1875 - 1976). If you need to access a more recent newspaper edition, the Crystal Lake Public Library has it on microfilm.
If you are a long-distance researcher and need assistance obtaining an obituary, please email the Society firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. The Crystal Lake Historical Society is a non-profit organization, run entirely by volunteers; donations are appreciated.
Index of The Crystal Times, newsletter of the Crystal Lake Historical Society (2001 - current)
Click here for an index of the newsletter (2001 -2005)
Click here for an index of the Crystal Times Newsletter (2006 - 2010)
Click here for an index of the Crystal Times Newsletter (2011 - current)
Research/Archives Room Resources
The following is a partial listing of research materials available at the Society's Research/Archives Room at the Colonel Palmer House. Knowledgeable staff members and volunteers are available to assist you with your research project.
Nunda Herald & Crystal Lake Herald - digitized images from 1875 - 1976
Note: Formerly "Lost" issues from 1891-1893 and 1959 have been recovered and are also digitized and available for viewing at the Colonel Palmer House!
Crystal Lake Times - Weekly newspaper (out of print) - Most issues
The Crystal Times - Newsletter of the Crystal Lake Historical Society (2001 - current)
County / Local History Books
1885 History of McHenry County (original and reprint copies)
1922 History of McHenry County (Two-volume set)
1968 History of McHenry County (including separate index)
1995 History of McHenry County
1986 Pictorial History Book of Crystal Lake
Postcard History Book of Crystal Lake (published 2009)
Atlases and Maps
1872 Combination Atlas of McHenry County (original and reprint copies)
1908 Atlas of McHenry County
1938(ca) Atlas of McHenry County
1893, 1898, 1905, 1912, 1921, 1929, 1936, and 1955 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Crystal Lake & Nunda (digitized images)
File Cabinet Topics
Buildings & Structures
Streets / Subdivisions
Lots of miscellaneous file topics